Title: Bag in the Wind
Author: Ted Kooser
Illustrator: Barry Root
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Concepts: recycling, resources, homelessness, consumers and producers
Review: A plastic shopping bag has come free from a big pile of trash at the garbage dump and has begun a long, random path through the air, across the land, along the water, and into the hands of different people that it encounters. A young girl collecting tin cans, a service station owner watching for new customers, a homeless man trying to stay warm: these are but some of the people who wind up using the bag temporarily, only to forget about it moments later.
This nondescript bag represents just one of billions of plastic shopping bags used by Americans every year. As noted by the author, most of these bags are used only once and wind up at the dump, where it can take hundreds of years for them to decompose. Many bags do fly away like the bag in the book, causing problems for wildlife and adding to pollution. With its unique story line and poignant illustrations that are published on paper made of 100% recycled post-consumer waste, this book will serve as a powerful reminder for children and adults to reuse and recycle plastic bags as much as possible.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children